Plains Edition Obituaries 4-21-12
Ivan Miles Hindman, 82, of Rushville, Neb., passed away April 13, 2012 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Hay Springs, Neb., after a 14 month battle with cancer complicated by COPD.
He was born on December 16, 1929 in Omaha, Neb. His adoptive parents, Claude Franklin and Elsa Anna (Steltenpohl) Hindman traveled by Model T Ford during the month of January 1930 and brought him back to their country home northeast of Hay Springs, Neb. On March 30, 1930, Ivan was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs, Neb., by Pastor E Fischer.
His childhood memories were of their strong Christian faith and traditions established by his family, the hard work ethics that were required to survive during the 30s and enjoying good times spent with his brother, Vernon, and other neighborhood friends. Ivan attended a country school through the eight grade and graduated from Rushville High School in 1947. One of his proudest accomplishments was when their football team won State during his senior year!
A year after his graduation, Ivan enlisted in the Army in September 1948 during the Korean Conflict. He was a Military Policeman stationed at Seattle, Wash., during his enlistment. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on September 8, 1949 and was given an Honorable Discharge in February 1955. He was a lifetime member of Henry Davis Post No. 161 at Rushville, Neb., and served on the American Legion Honor Guard for over 58 years. He was a very proud American and respected others who served their country as well.
After serving in active duty, Ivan returned back to Rushville, Neb., and farmed on the place that was his mother’s family homestead. On June 30, 1954, Ivan married Shirley Mae Horn from Hay Springs, Neb. To this union, two children were born, Connie Jo (5/19/1955) and Richard (Rick) Vernon (7/23/1956). To help supplement their farm income, Ivan was employed part-time by numerous businesses, restaurants and bars through the years. Enjoying the people and entertaining, Ivan and Shirley managed the Rushville Legion Club for five years in the middle 60s. In 1973, they purchased the Stockmen’s Bar which they operated for 25 plus years. These jobs and businesses were flexible enough for Ivan to pursue his love of farming and enjoy his numerous hobbies.
After the work was done (or maybe not), there was always a place to go fishing with many different friends. Other hobbies included a good game of cards, playing a slot machine of any type anywhere, and watching his crops grow.
One of his passions was his love for music! He was quite astonishing as he could play by ear any musical instrument with his favorite being the harmonica. If people gathered together for some reason, Ivan would look forward to showing off his talent. With birthdays being an important celebration for people, he would wish them a “Happy Birthday” with a tune on his special harmonica in person or by telephone. Ivan was a member of the Music Makers which was a small band that entertained at many nursing homes or local activities in the community.
He is survived by his daughter Connie Jo who is married to Barry Leach of Rushville, Neb.; granddaughters, Amber Leach of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bridget and husband Brock Beavers of Burns, Wyo.; grandson Casey Leach of Burns, Wyo., and great-grandchildren Braxton Russell and Bryce Richard Beavers; brother-in-law Richard (Dick) and Mardell Horn of Wheatridge, Colo.; sister-in-law Eleonora (Hindman) Post of Rushville, Neb.; nephews Michael, Patrick and James Horn all of Wheatridge, Colo., and Evan Hindman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa along with their wives and children; special neice, Elin Burgess of Chadron, Neb., and her daughter, Crystal (Ryan) Sterkel of Gering, Neb., and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Rick who died in August 1976, Shirley who passed away in May 1997, his parents, Claude and Elsa Hindman, his brother, Vernon and Shirley’s parents, Lewis (Pete) and Kathryn Horn.
Memorial services were held April 16, 2012 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville, Neb.
Burial with Military Honors was at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Honor Guard or the donor’s choice and sent to: Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home PO Box 366 Gordon, Neb., 69347.
Robert Lawrence Baumfalk, 98, of McCook, Neb., originally of Wauneta, Neb., passed away March 25, 2012 at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb.
He was born on April 15, 1913 to Hickey Henry and Mary (Hedke) Baumfalk on a farm near Ludell, Kan. When he was 6-years-old the family moved to Hitchcock County, Neb., to a farm north of Stratton, Neb., where he attended school.
Robert was united in marriage to Dorothy Walgren at Benkelman, Neb., on January 27, 1937. Two sons were born to this union, Dick and Ronald. They made their home on a farm near Stratton, Neb., for 18 years. In 1955, they moved to the Walgren farm in Dundy County where they farmed and raised livestock.
In 1974, they purchased a home in Wauneta, Neb., where they resided for 34 years. Bob worked for Harchelroad Motor’s setting up machinery and delivering cars.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church for 60 years. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved to have his family around him.
In 2008, Bob and Dorothy moved to Willow Ridge Retirement Home in McCook, Neb., where he was living at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Dorothy Baumfalk of McCook, Neb.; son, Ronald Baumfalk and wife, Nancy, of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Kent and wife, Sherrill Baumfalk, Michael Baumfalk, Carol Van Ert, and Craig and wife, Vickie Baumfalk; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Derek Baumfalk and Steven and Sandy Van Ert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hickey and Mary Baumfalk; son, Dick Baumfalk; grandson, James Baumfalk; two sisters and seven brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Wauneta United Methodist Church.
Memorial services were held March 29, 2012 at Wauneta United Methodist Church.
Cremation followed the service.
A private inurnment will be held later in the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb.
Warren Calvin Davis, 88, of Culbertson, Neb., passed away April 12, 2012 at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb.
He was born on April 11, 1924, at Rawlins County, Kan., Driftwood Township to Mariden “Alvin” and Etta (Johnson) Davis. He attended Driftwood Township rural school.
On August 5, 1942 he was united in marriage to Enid Phyllis Mann at Colby, Kan. To this union three children were born. They made their home north of Ludell, Kan., on the same homestead as his birth. In 1964, the family moved northeast of Hayes Center, Neb., on Red Willow Creek, where they farmed and ranched. Warren and Enid retired in 1999 and moved to the Culbertson, Neb., community.
Warren was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and IOOF. Warren was devoted to farming and ranching, but always put family first. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, playing cards, visiting with friends, and spending time with family.
Survivors include his wife of almost 70 years, Enid Davis of Culbertson, Neb.; son, Lynn C. Davis and wife, Judi, of Ogallala, Neb.; two daughters, Dianne S. Connelly of Larned, Kan., and Karen K. Smith and husband, Donald L. of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Loyd L. Davis of Loveland, Colo.; two sisters, Lafern I. Foote and Lela M. Bonser and husband, Delmar L., of Loveland, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death were his parents; three sisters, one brother, and one son-in-law.
Memorial services were held April 14, 2012 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Culbertson, Neb.
A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Culbertson Fire and Rescue.
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